Spotlight: The Jack Emery series by Steve P. Vincent


To celebrate the upcoming release of Steve P. Vincent’s latest Jack Emery novel, Nations Divided, we’re having a blog tour – kicking off today! See where we’ll be next here! Fireplay: Jack Emery 0.5 A chance lightning strike. A reporter in the right place. A scandal that will rock America. Journalist Jack Emery has seen it all. Embedded for the New York Standard with the 8th Marine Regiment in the heart of Afghanistan, he has covered everything from firefights to …


5 things you didn’t know about Alex Morgan


To celebrate the release of Helldiver, Alex Morgan’s fourth Intrepid adventure, Chris Allen has given us some tidbits about the man himself! 1. Alex Morgan’s father was formerly a member of the Welsh Guards before following the love of his life, a beautiful Australian girl he’d met in London, back to Australia. A soldier through and through, Morgan’s dad enlisted in the Australian Army and served with distinction in Vietnam with the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment – the very …


Jessica Jones Episode 2 – AKA Crush Syndrome


One of the things both Daredevil and Jessica Jones have been criticised for is a stalled pace. Both have thirteen episodes but operate more as one long film than the usual episodic format. It means the episodes appear less tightly told, but the reality is the opposite – without the usual ‘monster of the week’ that often accompanies these sorts of shows, Jessica Jones and Daredevil are aiming for something a little more complex and a little more carefully plotted. …


Cover reveal – A World of Ash: The Territory 3 by Justin Woolley


Salvation is a world away. Trapped in a city no one knows exists, Squid lies dying as Nim fights for their lives. With every minute, their hope of getting the vaccine back to civilization is fading. From the brink of death and the edge of the world, Squid must once again conquer dangers even more sinister than the undead – the future of humankind depends on it. But Squid’s efforts will be wasted if Lynn cannot keep the people of …


Guest post: Duncan Lay


Battle. The great redeemer. The fiery crucible in which true heroes are forged. A place where cowards can find redemption. I’ve paraphrased that from Bill Paxton’s Master Sergeant Farell from Edge Of Tomorrow. As a speech it’s right up there with the best he gave as Trooper Hudson in Aliens, right before he sadly got snaffled by the aliens and a mournful Hicks (Michael Beihn) pumped him full of lead so no lousy stinking alien could eat its way out …


Nations Divided blog tour!

November 27, 2015 by

That’s right! We’re so excited about Jack Emery’s latest foray that we’re bloggin’ about it all over the place! Check out the stops below – we have plenty of exciting stuff for you along the way; guest posts, excerpts, interviews and more! 4th December: Momentum 5th December: For the Love of Books and Alcohol  6th December: Amanda Pillar’s blog 7th December: Reading Kills 8th December: Bound4escape 9th December: Readers Entertainment 10th December: RELEASE DAY! Momentum 11th December: Storeybook Reviews 12th …


Six Dystopian Novels to Get You Ready for the End of the World


With the final installment of The Hunger Games coming out this week, it could almost be the end of an era. Sure, we still have The Maze Runner and Divergent sequels to look forward to, but the mainstream popularisation of the dystopian seems to be winding down. Don’t worry if you were a late adopter to the trope though – the good thing about it having been so popular means you have a straight up library of books to see …


Jessica Jones Episode 1 – AKA Ladies’ Night


Jessica Jones tells us who and what she is from the first line of dialogue. In the opening scene, her sardonic voice over sets her up as a freelancing private detective with an eye for ‘the worst in people’. The scene is straight out of a forties noir, from the eerie jazz score to the voyeuristic window shots, to the Hitchcockian sense of shadow. It sets the scene, but more than that, it sets the tone of the entire series. …


The Ghosts of Spectre: a guest post from Chris Allen


There’s a lot of conjecture at the moment around whether or not Spectre is a great or a not so great Bond film. I went in with mixed feelings based on many of the reviews and comments I was seeing online. And for those who don’t know me, I’m a die-hard Bond fan, Fleming first – movies second. So I have high expectations of each of the films and I must say on this occasion, I was not disappointed. Here’s …


Cover reveal – The Bloody Quarrel: Complete Edition by Duncan Lay


The prince is dead. Fooled by the treacherous King Aidan, Fallon has shot down the one man he trusted to save his beloved nation of Gaelland. And yet, when the King could grind Fallon underfoot, he draws the simple farmer and fighter closer, making a hero of him. Embroiled in plots beyond his comprehension and weighted with the guilt of the prince’s murder, Fallon must tread carefully if he is to accomplish the task that first brought him to the …


Horror in Australian Film


Two years ago, I found myself in outback, mid-west Queensland for work. I was driving between the tiny, remote town of Julia Creek towards the slightly-less tiny, even more remote town of Richmond when I saw it. Somewhere among the desolate desert, all Mars-red dirt and musk-stick pink grass, was a slumped form flying a kite. Initial confusion aside, my dread grew. I’m an avid consumer of horror movies, and this is not an image you particularly want when driving …


Six Terrifying Deep Sea Creatures You Don’t Want To Swim With


To celebrate the release of Greig Beck’s new Alex Hunter novel – Kraken Rising – I was asked to research  terrifying things that live in our deepest oceans. As a land based mammal I’ve always enjoyed swimming and now I can’t any more so why should you? Remember, the following creatures were made in darkness far away from the eyes of a loving god. Enjoy! Humpback Anglerfish The Humpback Anglerfish aka The Common Black Devil is the reason your child vomited …


Cover reveal: Dastardly Deeds by Ilsa Evans


It was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime … When Nell Forrest’s life hits a speed bump (which is most definitely not a midlife crisis) a cruise around the Mediterranean seems like just the ticket. Unfortunately, that’s an idea shared by her mother, her ex-husband, his new partner, and a police detective with whom Nell has a stormy history. Fortunately, meditation is just one of the many activities offered aboard the luxury liner, but Nell will need more …


Six Halloween Costumes for Book Lovers


Literary dress-ups are the best dress-ups. Here are some suggestions for the best costumes for those of a bookish bent. The Raven – The Raven Thanks to The Simpsons everyone knows The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe and while Poe himself is a fabulous choice nothing says commitment to a costume like spending all Halloween dressed as an enormous black bird and only saying “Nevermore”. V- V for Vendetta Are you a member of a secret group of hackers and you already …


Going Bush To Find Love


As you may be aware, it’s spring in Australia. This means it’s time for my annual adventure to find love. Last year didn’t go well, obviously, because while the Antarctic is full of wild natural beauty most of the people there are only interested in science or they’re penguins. Many of you have guessed by now that I’m neither science nor a penguin so it was a bust.   So this spring, inspired by Emergency Response by Nicki Edwards, I’m …


A Guide to the Best Haunting Locations


So, It’s 1804 and you’ve died in mysterious circumstances. That sucks. Good news is that your restless spirit can now pick a suitably Gothic place to haunt. But how do you go about choosing? Here’s some handy hints and tips for the poltergeist in us all. Location, Location, Location This is really important because once you pick you’re stuck there for all eternity/until your earthly business is done and you can move on. But which hulking and badly lit place …


Exclusive excerpt: Kraken Rising by Greig Beck


PROLOGUE Southern Ocean – Edge of the South Sandwich Trench – October 12, 2008 Five hundred feet down, the silent leviathan glided through the water. At that depth there was just the faintest trace of sunlight penetrating down to create wave-like ripples on its surface, but below it, there was nothing but utter darkness. The USS Sea Shadow was an experimental design submarine. Based on a miniaturized Ohio Class design, the 188-foot craft had an electric drive and high-energy reactor …


Angela Slatter guest post – Worldbuilding


Amongst the sweetest phrases I’ve ever heard from my mother’s lips are “I love you”, “I’ve made lemon meringue pie” (those two meaning, essentially, the same thing), and “Once upon a time”. All three still fill me with roughly the same degree of happiness, but I don’t hear that last one anymore. It’s not for lack of trying; I do keep asking. “Tell me a story?” “You’re forty-eight years old.” “And you’re seventy-one, so tell me a story before you …


Bringing Greythorne to life – the anatomy of a gothic-horror novel


On the blog today we’ve got author L.M. Merrington talking about her debut novel Greythorne. One of the most common question writers get asked is where our ideas come from. Generally, story ideas creep up on me slowly – they might start with the name of a character, who gradually gets a story, or I might get inspired by a place I visit or something that happens. Sometimes I’ll be turning something over for months or even years before it …


Excerpt – Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz by Stephen MacLean


More than ninety years after those words about Tenterfield were written, the first man ever to dance with New York’s famed Rockettes found himself once again in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This time he was crouched inside a giant champagne glass prop waiting for the orchestra down beat to start his dinner show. The solo performance awaiting him would doubtless be demanding, but the man himself was intrepid, the man was a tank. But it was also true that the …



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